|FORMULA ONE RACING|
Size analysis of wear particles absorbed in oil. Large particles are
examined in detail, depending on their concentration, to explain their
A Formula 1 engine contains approximately 900 moving
parts, most of which are separated by a thin oil film to prevent them
from touching eachother (for instance the main bearings, piston ring -
cylinder). For that purpose, the Formula 1 engine is equipped with a
lubrication system with approximately 10 litres of oil, of which seven
litres are continuously in circulation (circulation time approximately
15 seconds!). The lubrication system not only ensures lubrication but
also to a large extent the cooling, because heat is conducted away
through the oil to the oil coolers and from there to the outside air.
Periodic oil testing can provide early detection of oil degradation. It is important to keep accurate records of test results to highlight unusual trends. This procedure allows the prevention of premature equipment failure due to oil deterioration and estimation of the remaining service life of the oil. Oil analysis forms the basis of Condition Based Maintenance. Oil analysis is subdivided into chemical and physical analysis of oil and the analysis of wear particles...